Loss of public space in Oakland, mapped.
A key piece of a thriving community is common space. Meanwhile, Oakland is undergoing a dramatic transformation, driven by the force of gentrification. Wealthier, newer, and whiter voices in Oakland are being heard over those who grew up in the space themselves. Therefore, Oakland’s public spaces are under attack, becoming further privatized and restrictive to certain (whiter) groups and not others. The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project highlights these processes taking place in Oakland in order to educate and therefore resist.
The tenants of Yerba Buena Island are resisting their eviction notice.
As the well-connected Treasure Island Development Corporation moves forward to build luxury housing on Yerba Buena Island, Treasure Island continues to be a problematic landfill with toxicity and radiation. Use this map to Dig into the Muck.
FOLLOW THE MONEY
Treasure Island Development Corporation is made up of two entities: KSWM Treasure Island, LLC UST Lennar HW Scala SF Joint Venture.
UST Lennar HW Scala SF Joint Venture is part of an IPO (initial public offering of stock) called Five Point Holdings, which filed with the SEC in July 2015 (but did not mention Treasure Island in the filing). The other real estate developments included in this Five Points IPO are re-organized Lennar Company entities which in 2009 lost nearly a billion dollar of public pension funds. Manager Emile Haddad, who oversaw the bankruptcies of the Newhall Ranch development and the El Toro Air Force Base development, is back at the helm of the new company. The billion or so of worker's pension fund dollars is not back however.
Terry Fancher and Darius Anderson, partners in KSWM Treasure Island LLC, were also implicated in pension scandals and paid a large fine to the State of New York for illegal "placement agent" activities. They were never prosecuted in California. Anderson went on to take a 100% interest in the Treasure Island Marina, and has branched out in the North Bay with the acquisition of most of the major newspapers in Sonoma County. He is a powerful lobbyist and political fundraiser, with connections to billionaire Ron Burkle, who was also invested in the Treasure Island project.
The EB-5Investment for Visa LLCs (for a half million dollars given to the developers, a foreign national can buy a green card) which service Treasure Island investments are run by associates of Darius Anderson and Willie Brown. Nancy Pelosi lobbied to fast track the original San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center. Pelosi's nephew Lawrence Pelosi was in charge of Acquisitions for Lennar at the time that the company was getting entitlements to military bases all around California. Barbara Boxer's son Doug Boxer is invested in Anderson's Kenwood investments and worked as a lobbyist for Anderson at Platinum Advisors.
AnneMarie Conroy, formerly appointed to head the Treasure Island Development Authority is now in the U.S. Attorney's office, charged with investigating corruption among public officials in San Francisco.
Click on the people, organizations and threads between them to read more and see the sources on Lil Sis.
On policing, race, and gentrification in San Francisco, 2016.
On the murder of Jose Luis Gongora by the SFPD. By the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
Interactive timeline displaying the history of displacement and development on Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco, from colonization onwards. By the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
Projection collaboration with the Saito Group. Projected in downtown SF.
San Francisco Land Use, 2016
Lost and Endangered Art and Community Spaces, San Francisco Bay Area